RH2 Engineering, Inc., has been providing civil engineering, planning, and environmental services to municipal and irrigation clients across the Pacific Northwest for 40 years. RH2 can provide irrigation district clients with designs for full facility upgrades or evaluations of their assets that allow them to pinpoint crucial pieces of infrastructure to repair or replace. RH2’s efficiency-boosting designs include variable frequency drives and automatic controls. In this interview, RH2 Project Manager Kyle Smith speaks with Irrigation Leader about his company’s services and the trends he sees today in the irrigation infrastructure world.
Nampa & Meridian Irrigation District (NMID) is the largest irrigation district in Idaho, covering 69,000 acres and serving 100,000 water users. Over recent decades, its area has undergone a dramatic process of urbanization, necessitating the construction of a pressure urban irrigation system. It also went through the title transfer process with the Bureau of Reclamation during the 1980s and 1990s, acquiring title to its infrastructure and helping to shape the title transfer process along the way. In this interview, outgoing NMID Secretary-Treasurer and Secretary of the Board Daren Coon takes a look back at his long career at the district and provides us with the insights he has gained along…
Lorri Gray, the director of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Columbia–Pacific Northwest Region, has been working for the agency since high school. With experience working for Reclamation in Nevada; Washington, DC; and Idaho in a wide range of positions, Director Gray knows the agency inside and out. In this interview with Irrigation Leader, Director Gray discusses Reclamation’s recent steps to address the Odessa groundwater area, the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan (YBIP), and the Columbia River Treaty.
Lorri Gray has been working for the Bureau of Reclamation since high school. Today the director of the Columbia–Pacific Northwest region, she knows the agency inside and out, and it is always a pleasure—and an educational experience—to speak with her. In our cover story, she talks about the Odessa Groundwater Replacement Plan, the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, title transfer, and the Columbia River Treaty. Another person of great experience we have the privilege of interviewing in this issue is Daren Coon. He has been at Idaho’s Nampa & Meridian Irrigation District for 44 years and has been its secretary-treasurer and secretary of the board for more than three decades. During…
Daren Coon has had a long and fruitful career in irrigation. He has been at Idaho’s Nampa & Meridian Irrigation District for 44 years and has been its secretary-treasurer and secretary of the board for more than three decades. During his time at the district, Mr. Coon has overseen the installation of a pressure urban pipeline system, a rapid changeover in district technology, and title transfer, among many other accomplishments. Mr. Coon is now retiring, surely with a sense of satisfaction. Bravo, Daren, and thank you for your work in the irrigation field! In this issue, we also speak with Kyle Smith of RH2 Engineering, Inc., which provides water, sewer, and irrigation services to agencies across the Northwest, and to Tim Hicks…
Years worked in irrigation: 27 Years as manager: 12 Number of employees: 16 Service size in acres: 34,000 Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 150,000 Main crops: Alfalfa hay, sugar beets, potatoes, onions, corn, grain, wheat, seed crops Irrigation methods: Gravity, drip
Years working in irrigation: 40 Years as manager: 7 Number of employees: 2 Size of service area in acres: 17,000 Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 21,100 Main crops irrigated: Pasture crops for dairy farming, horticulture, feed crops Predominant irrigation methods: Spray, flood
Years working in irrigation: 44 Years as manager: 22 Number of employees: 28 Size of service area in acres: 82,000 Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 210,000 Main crops irrigated: Malt barley, sugar beets, potatoes, alfalfa, corn, beans Predominant irrigation methods: Sprinkler
Years working in irrigation: 37 Years as manager: 36 Number of employees: 115 Size of service area in acres: 230,000 Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 800,000-1,000,000 Main crops irrigated: Alfalfa, potatoes, apples, wheat, corn, grapes Predominant irrigation methods: Center pivot, sprinkler, drip
Years working in irrigation: 20+ Years as manager: 6 Number of employees: 17 Size of service area in acres: 39,536 Amount of water diverted for irrigation per year in acre-feet: 62,873 Main crops irrigated: Pisco grapes, walnuts, avocados, citrus fruits, apricots, pasture Predominant irrigation methods: Drip, furrow